Best Off-Highway Drives in Oregon

This list represents the most popular off-highway drives in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon off-highway drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Cooper Spur, Mount Hood

    2 Reviews

    Hood River, OR

    This road leads to the highest hiking trail on Mt. Hood, Oregon’s highest peak. It also features two campgrounds, an old lodge, many other trailheads, and a close-up view of the Eliot Glacier. ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  27 miles
    •  Guide

    This road leads to the highest hiking trail on Mt. Hood, Oregon’s highest peak. It also features two campgrounds, an old ...

  • #2 Badger Lake

    2 Reviews

    Government Camp, OR

    A primitive road, with wilderness on either side, leading to a gorgeous glacial cirque lake. Many trails and side trips. The last 6 miles are narrow, very slow, and contain multiple rocks and ...
    •  54.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A primitive road, with wilderness on either side, leading to a gorgeous glacial cirque lake. Many trails and side trips. ...

  • #3 Little North Santiam, Opal Lake

    2 Reviews

    Mill City, OR

    This is one of Oregon’s most consistently surprising scenic roads, with incredibly beautiful streams, waterfalls, lakes, mountain meadows, trailheads, and alpine vistas. Easy to moderate gravel ...
    •  37.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of Oregon’s most consistently surprising scenic roads, with incredibly beautiful streams, waterfalls, lakes, ...

  • #4 Valsetz

    2 Reviews

    Dallas, OR

    This is an interesting and pleasant drive, mostly through intensively managed industrial forest land. The drive includes a visit to the site of an abandoned town and a defunct reservoir in a ...
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an interesting and pleasant drive, mostly through intensively managed industrial forest land. The drive includes ...

  • #5 Antelope (Hart Mountain) Hot Springs

    1 Reviews

    Plush, OR

    A high-elevation, primitive hot spring located in the center of the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Situated near the head of Rock Creek in an aspen-dotted meadow, Antelope Hot Springs ...
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    A high-elevation, primitive hot spring located in the center of the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Situated near ...

  • #6 High Rock Road

    1 Reviews

    Estacada, OR

    A beautiful drive along the mountain crest that lies between the North Fork Clackamas River and the Roaringiver. The road skirts the southern boundary of the Salmon- Huckleberry Wilderness before ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  25.8 miles
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    A beautiful drive along the mountain crest that lies between the North Fork Clackamas River and the Roaringiver. The road ...

  • #7 Crack-in-the-Ground

    0 Reviews

    Christmas Valley, OR

    A remarkable 2-mile-long fissure in the central Oregon lava plateau. The road leads to a fire lookout. On an easy, wide, mostly level, gravel road. Arrow-straight for the first 4 miles, then ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  28 miles
    •  Guide

    A remarkable 2-mile-long fissure in the central Oregon lava plateau. The road leads to a fire lookout. On an easy, wide, ...

  • #8 Alvord Desert

    2 Reviews

    Fields, OR

    Highlights include a low desert along the base of the steep side of the Steens Mountains, with a close-up view of the dramatic 3-mile rise of the Steens from 4,600 feet to 9,773 feet. This ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  64 miles
    •  Guide

    Highlights include a low desert along the base of the steep side of the Steens Mountains, with a close-up view of the dramatic ...

  • #9 Succor Creek, Leslie Gulch

    1 Reviews

    Nyssa, OR

    Highlights include Succor Creek, a remote and beautiful desert canyon; Leslie Gulch, another canyon marked by towering redrock spires; and the upper end of Owyhee Reservoir, a spectacular rock ...
    •  88 miles
    •  Guide

    Highlights include Succor Creek, a remote and beautiful desert canyon; Leslie Gulch, another canyon marked by towering redrock ...

  • #10 South Fork John Day River

    1 Reviews

    Dayville, OR

    A pleasant backcountry drive along a Wild and Scenic River canyon, truly emerging in the middle of nowhere on an easy, wide gravel road. This is an easy and charming little drive that will get ...
    •  31 miles
    •  Guide

    A pleasant backcountry drive along a Wild and Scenic River canyon, truly emerging in the middle of nowhere on an easy, wide ...

  • #11 Rock Lakes, Frazier Turnaround

    1 Reviews

    Government Camp, OR

    Highlights include High Rock, an impressive outcrop. Frazier Turnaround, while difficult to reach, is very pretty and very remote. There is a short trail to beautiful Middle Rock Lake. The road ...
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    •  10.6 miles
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    Highlights include High Rock, an impressive outcrop. Frazier Turnaround, while difficult to reach, is very pretty and very ...

  • #12 Owyhee Canyon, Three Forks

    1 Reviews

    Jordan Valley, OR

    Highlights include the Owyhee Canyon and the confluence of the main, Middle, and North Forks of the Wild and Scenic Owyhee River. Easy-to-moderate for 32 miles, then moderate-to-difficult for ...
    •  71 miles
    •  Guide

    Highlights include the Owyhee Canyon and the confluence of the main, Middle, and North Forks of the Wild and Scenic Owyhee ...

  • #13 Sourdough Camp

    2 Reviews

    O'Brien, OR

    At the end of a long, bone-jarring, amazingly scenic road, is a spectacular river confluence in one of Oregon’s most remote locations. The road is steep only in a few spots, but it’s rocky, rutted, ...
    •  52 miles
    •  Guide

    At the end of a long, bone-jarring, amazingly scenic road, is a spectacular river confluence in one of Oregon’s most remote ...

  • #14 Golden and Silver Falls

    1 Reviews

    Allegany, OR

    Highlights include two of the most beautiful, unusual waterfalls on Heaven or Earth. The drive up the Millicoma River Valley is also very scenic. Easy, though a little washboarded and possibly ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  48 miles
    •  Guide

    Highlights include two of the most beautiful, unusual waterfalls on Heaven or Earth. The drive up the Millicoma River Valley ...

  • #15 Molalla Canyon, Table Rock

    0 Reviews

    Woodburn, OR

    Highlights include Molalla River Recreation Area and Table Rock. Until recently, Table Rock was Oregon’s only Wilderness Area managed entirely by the BLM. A mostly level, wide gravel road along ...
    •  44 miles
    •  Guide

    Highlights include Molalla River Recreation Area and Table Rock. Until recently, Table Rock was Oregon’s only Wilderness ...

  • #16 Agness, Powers, Coquille Falls

    0 Reviews

    Gold Beach, OR

    This route explores the famous lower Rogue River canyon from the Oregon coast end, then heads over the mountains to the waterfall-lined South Fork Coquille River. Long, winding, and slow. Mostly ...
    •  59 miles
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    This route explores the famous lower Rogue River canyon from the Oregon coast end, then heads over the mountains to the waterfall-lined ...

  • #17 North Siuslaw River

    0 Reviews

    Eugene, OR

    A beautiful drive along the North Fork of the Siuslaw River tidal flats, then up a densely forested mountain and along a ridge that runs above the Rock Creek Wilderness. The road emerges on the ...
    •  36.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful drive along the North Fork of the Siuslaw River tidal flats, then up a densely forested mountain and along a ...

  • #18 Bohemia Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Cottage Grove, OR

    A beautiful drive along the Row River, Brice Creek, Noonday Ridge, and Sharps Creek. A stupendous panorama of the high peaks of the Central Cascades seen from Fairview Lookout, Bohemia Mountain, ...
    •  59 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful drive along the Row River, Brice Creek, Noonday Ridge, and Sharps Creek. A stupendous panorama of the high peaks ...

  • #19 Skyline Road, Breitenbush Lake

    1 Reviews

    Detroit, OR

    A very challenging road with a magnificent trailhead area for the Pacific Crest Trail, which leads north into the Olallie Lakes area and south to Mt. Jefferson, Oregon’s second highest peak. ...
    •  14.5 miles
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    A very challenging road with a magnificent trailhead area for the Pacific Crest Trail, which leads north into the Olallie ...

  • #20 Pelican Butte

    2 Reviews

    Klamath Falls, OR

    A fantastic drive to an 8,036-foot summit that has views of the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes Wildernesses, Mt. McLoughlin, Upper Klamath Lake, and the Klamath Basin. Narrow, switchbacked, oc ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  29 miles
    •  Guide

    A fantastic drive to an 8,036-foot summit that has views of the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes Wildernesses, Mt. McLoughlin, ...